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Jack Wilshere sure he is set to blossom at the Bournemouth

By Robert Jones

Midfielder Jack Wilshere believes Bournemouth will prove to be the "best place" for him this season after completing a loan move from Arsenal on deadline day.

The 24-year-old took part in his first training session with the Cherries after completing the deal just ahead of the closure of the transfer window late on Wednesday evening.

Wilshere made his debut for the Gunners in 2008, becoming the club's youngest league player aged 16 and 256 days.

However, following a run of injury setbacks, the combative midfielder has recently struggled to cement his place at the heart of Arsene Wenger's side.

Wilshere, though, does not see the switch to the south coast, where he will reunite with former Arsenal academy team-mate Benik Afobe, as anything other than positive.

"I'm delighted to have joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan and would like to thank everyone at the club for making me feel so welcome," he said.

"I had a good chat with the manager (Eddie Howe) and feel sure that this is the best place for me to play and develop this season.

"I am looking forward to working hard every day with the coaching staff and my new team-mates to help the club achieve success on the pitch."

Bournemouth agreed to pay a £2million loan fee to Arsenal and will also cover his £80,000-a-week wages in full.

Howe believes the capture of Wilshere is a coup for the Cherries, who had competition from the likes of Crystal Palace as well as top European sides including Roma and Sporting Lisbon.

"I am obviously delighted that he chose us ahead of a number of other clubs and I think he will do really, really well for the team," Howe said.

"I think it is a big thing for us. It is a step into the unknown in the respect that Jack is out there on his own in terms of his profile and the type of player we have attracted, but I think it is one that can work for both sides.

"He can definitely compliment the style of football and the way that we play and maybe add that missing piece of the jigsaw that we need."

Wilshere, who is not part of Sam Allardyce's first England squad, could make his Bournemouth debut after the international break at home to West Brom on September 10.

Meanwhile, Samir Nasri has claimed Pep Guardiola urged him to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place.

Nasri was one of four City players to leave the club on Wednesday as he joined Spanish side Sevilla on a season-long loan.

The Frenchman's future had seemed uncertain following Guardiola's arrival at the Etihad Stadium in the summer, particularly after the Spanish boss revealed the 29-year-old reported for pre-season training overweight.

But Nasri had shown signs of turning the situation around as he appeared as a substitute against West Ham at the weekend and Guardiola then said he would remain in his thoughts if he stayed.

Nasri now says Guardiola was keen for that to be case, but he himself felt his career would be better served elsewhere.

The former Arsenal midfielder said: "Guardiola, until the last moment, tried to make me stay but I was clear I wanted to leave and go to a place where I could give my best level."

Nasri is confident he can soon get up to speed at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

"I'm fine, because I played last weekend with Manchester City," he said. "I am very excited and I hope to do my best."

Nasri spent six months on the sidelines last season after suffering a serious thigh injury which required surgery after muscle and tendon were detached from the bone.

He said: "Last year was difficult for me both on and off the field but the time I was injured helped me to step back and reflect. I learned a lot in the last year."

Nasri's City team-mate Eliaquim Mangala, a £42m signing from Porto two years ago, has also moved out, joining Valencia on a season-long loan.

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